I’ve been really putting a focus on rounding out my makeup collection lately. There are many reasons for this: 1) I have a complete lack of certain shades, 2) despite my rather large collection, I sometimes find myself in need of a certain item to complete a look, only to find I don’t own it, and 3) it helps justify purchases a whole lot more if they’re not colors already in my stash, but rather brand new shades :)
One area in particular where I lack variety is my lippie collection. While I own 12 glosses and 12 lipsticks (which I know is a baby stash for some of you!), I seem to have a fair number of similar shades – not dupes but some minor repetition, which makes creating different looks a challenge at times. I’m trying hard to branch out and pick up new, exciting shades, especially in lipstick, which until recently did not hold much interest for me. Of course, chumming around with the blogger crowd has changed that for me (much like my original ambivalence toward blush – and we all know how that ended up!), and now lipstick is the new kid on my radar.
Last month…er, well April actually!…I wandered into MAC to check out the Reel Sexy collection. Watch Me Simmer, a crowd favorite, was lovely but seemed just a bit too in-your-face for this budding lipstick wearer. Instead, I chose Crosswires, a slightly muted version of WMS (and consequently, NOT LE), which had also been on my list of shades to check out.
Crosswires ($17.50CAD) is described as a ‘clean pinky orange’ – whatever that means. I’d say it’s pretty much a true coral (as that’s a combination of orange and pink, no?) and has a cremesheen finish, and is relatively opaque. It goes on nicely but isn’t especially creamy or hydrating – though it’s not dry at all, its just something of note if you tend to have drier lips. I always prep with a balm first to make sure that it doesn’t feel uncomfortable.
I find the warmer tones of Crosswires makes it particularly wearable for me. If I opt for a cooler-toned pinky shade (for example, NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Pencil), I find it’s gotta be the focal point of my makeup, as it’s quite obvious. Crosswires doesn’t scream ‘I’m wearing lipstick!!’ when worn, so I can pair it with a stronger eye and it still looks appropriate. And it’s coral. I mean, c’mon! It’s pretty much the most lovely lip color you can wear on the planet, in my books :)
I really love this shade and have been wearing it regularly since I picked it up. Though I kind to hate to make any concessions toward MAC’s makeup prowress, I do love the vanilla-y scent of their lippies and they have such a large selection of shades that you really can’t go wrong. Typically MAC lipsticks wear well on me, only fading slightly after eating/drinking, though with a formula like the cremesheens I find that I can only reapply so many times (maybe twice) before I need to remove it all and start over, or else it gets a little cakey.
Am I right about corals being THE greatest lip shade? What other MAC lipsticks do you think are worth checking out? Or, other lipstick shades in general!?